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Furman Earns Scoreless Draw At Samford To Claim Eighth SoCon Regular Season Title, No. 1 Seed

Furman played to a scoreless draw at Samford on Sunday to earn a share of its eighth Southern Conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship.
Furman played to a scoreless draw at Samford on Sunday to earn a share of its eighth Southern Conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship.

2017 SoCon Women's Soccer Championship Bracket

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman women's soccer team captured its eighth Southern Conference regular season crown and earned the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship with a scoreless draw in the regular season finale at Samford on Sunday afternoon.

The 0-0 draw earned a share of the title for both Furman (12-2-2, 8-0-1 SoCon) and Samford (12-5-2, 8-0-1 SoCon), but the Paladins secured the No. 1 seed for the tournament by posting the better goal differential in league play.

Furman will receive a bye in the opening round of the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship and host a quarterfinal round match on Seagraves Field at Stone Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, against the winner of Wednesday's first round match-up between ETSU and Wofford. The tournament's semifinals and finals will be played in Birmingham, Ala., at Samford on November 3-5.

In a showdown of SoCon heavyweights, Furman and Samford split the possession and allowed few chances to the opposition.

"We're thrilled to get the result today and post another shutout," said Paladin head coach Andrew Burr, who has led Furman to three SoCon Tournament titles and two regular season crowns. "It's an honor to share the title with Samford. Coach Todd Yelton has built such a solid, consistent program, and it's tough to get a result here on their home field."

Furman weathered pressure from Samford in the opening 45 minutes as the Bulldogs posted a 4-3 edge in shots, but sophomore Kellsey Weaver stepped up with three saves. The Newnan, Ga., product turned away a pair of long range shots and slid to grab the ball off the foot of an attacker midway through the period. The Paladins began to control possession in the second half and compiled an 8-3 edge in shots. Treva Aycock forced a save in the 81st minute and Rachel Shah hit a driving shot that the Bulldogs' Anna Maddox stopped with just over five minutes left in regulation.

Neither team was able to create much in overtime as Weaver saved a header from Jermaine Seoposenwe in the first overtime before Maddox stopped Caitlyn Reilly's shot on goal midway through the second overtime.

"I was proud of the effort we gave today and the number of minutes that a lot of our players were able to give us playing their second match in 48 hours," said Burr. "We stayed organized, defended well and won our share of fifty-fifty balls in the midfield."

Weaver recorded four saves to notch Furman's 11th shutout in 16 matches this season, while Maddox also recorded four stops for the Bulldogs. Furman finished with a 13-9 edge in total shots with both teams registering four shots on goal. The draw extended Furman's unbeaten run to 12 matches.

Log onto FurmanPaladins.com this week for information on tickets for next Sunday's quarterfinal round match.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information